Sunday, May 5, 2013

"I Love Women" by Jim Hurt

Song#:  0357
Date:  10/11/1980
Debut:  99
Peak:  90
Weeks:  4
Genre:  Pop

Pop Bits:  Here is a true case of a one-and-out. Songwriter Jim Hurt had worked with several Boston bands before signing on to write with the folks at House of Gold, a Nashville-based publishing house. While there, he would write or co-write songs and also provide vocals for demos. Although primarily a country songwriter, Hurt wrote in other genres and in 1980, Scotti Bros. Records gave him a shot to do his own recording. Although not his own composition, he recorded this song plus a b-side of "Someone to Put Out the Fire." The single barely broke on the chart for a few weeks and that was pretty much it. No album and no follow-up. One and done! Hurt continued on and had success with songwriting and demo work after this minor brush with solo fame. He died in 2004 from liver cancer.

ReduxReview:  This is a smooth blue-eyed soul jam kind of in that Boz Scaggs/Hall & Oates territory. There seemed to be a lot of songs with this sound around the time, so it probably got lost in the shuffle. It's a nice tune with a memorable chorus - one that I'm surprised had not got picked up by a commercial or TV show. He's got a nice voice too.

ReduxRating:  6/10

Trivia:  Hurt ended up having good success as a songwriter. His most well-known hit would probably be Alabama's "Love In the First Degree," which was a #1 country hit and a #15 pop hit in 1981. He has also had songs recorded by Lee Greenwood, Gladys Knight, John Conlee, and a duet by Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson.


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